Excuses- #FiveSentenceFiction

Ping,went the icon on her Facebook window as she  looked up from the papers resting in the curve of her lap, jostling for attention with the furry white body of her Persian tabby, Maurice.

She didn’t even need to open the message to know that it would be another tirade, most likely from her acquaintance made through that reading club she regretted having joined last March.

Sighing, she clicked on the icon to see the veritable flow of anger and resentment directed at her, because she hadn’t bothered to return a message and ‘like’ the latest Facebook update of this woman who had finished reading 35 books in under two months.

And don’t give me any more of your sorry excuses, woman, because I see you have enough time to write articles for the New York Times but not a shred of time to interact with me, ended the message, venom dripping from every word.

For a split second, she considered replying with everything that overwhelmed her world, every diversion and every excuse- her clinical depression, her inability to fall asleep every night as memories of her institutionalised mother rose up before her or the fact that she had lost a good friend to cancer last week or even that she had developed tennis elbow from typing too much- but instead, she swallowed it all as she always had and typed out one sentence, ‘Sorry, I’ve been really busy with work.’



  ©Shailaja V

Written for Five Sentence Fiction’s Prompt: Diversions


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19 thoughts on “Excuses- #FiveSentenceFiction

  1. She took the easy way out – Not blaming/judging her though. We’ve all been there. Sometimes it just takes too much energy to give people what they deserve. Nice work Shailaja.

  2. Often we assume that the other person is not taking time just for us, where in fact the story might be completely different from what we assume! Well told, Shailaja.

  3. I really don’t understand how people can be so insensitive. I mean really, just because someone hasn’t read or liked your post, you would pry into their lives and say harsh things. It’s beyond my understanding.
    The ending makes me sad. That she has to suffer so much. She should have replied with “Get a life!!”

  4. In today’s fast-paced life, this is so common…we hardly have time to be concerned about others and ‘likes’ are so important to us.
    Hope we can still understand others and be at peace!

  5. and she as a sensible person did the right thing not to match the slinging of venomous word to word. sad but true that in the virtual world , the person person cannot see the troubles at the other end.

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